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City of Edinburg
415 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX. 78541
Phone: 956 - 388 - 8204
Fax: 956 - 338 - 7111

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Edinburg Receives $3.6 Million Grant from FEMA Thanks to Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa RSS Feed

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The City of Edinburg today was awarded a $3.6 million grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will be used by the City and UTPA to construct two multi use storm shelters. Once complete the 20,000 square feet dome like structures will serve residents with special or medical needs during weather emergencies. When not in use for emergency events the shelters will be used as community centers and classrooms.



One shelter will be built on the UTPA Campus at North Second Avenue and West Van Week, the second at 315 E. Palm Drive. The estimated cost for each shelter is $2.4 million. The grant will cover 3.6 million with the City and UTPA putting in $600,000 a piece.



Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza Jr. says “This partnership with UTPA will go a long way toward providing safe shelters for our residents. What this grant will do is allow us to provide safe rooms that will offer a much higher probability of being protected from injury or death but also give our residents a new community center and more classrooms that can be used for many different types of events as well.”



Garza adds that this grant is part of FEMA’s continued efforts at helping Cities build specifically designed structures that provide the highest possible protection in extreme weather events.